SUNSPOT MONITORING – SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, September 16, 2017.

The sky was clear but experienced intermittent light to moderate winds, making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken.

Very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. A slight growth in sunspot structure was seen over the lone visible sunspot group AR2680 but remains inactive without any significant solar activity recorded.

The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 13.

With this stance, space weather agencies* forecast very low solar activity to continue with minimum solar flare activity, ranging up to C-class intensity. The extent of the frequency and intensity of the Sun’s activity will highly depend on the magnetic flux fluctuations happening in the visible ARs in the coming days. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.

*Technical reports courtesy of Solar Influence Data Center (SIDC), NOAA-Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA-SWPC)

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